Oct 29 2014

Thinking Ahead for my #NaNoWriMo story

I have briefly outlined my story. It is no more than two pages that remind me when the major events have to happen by, really. However, from that outline, I have the concept that will one day be turned into a query. (Gut-wrenching at the idea of writing one of those again. Ugh.) So I thought I’d write this blog post to get some feedback, thoughts, criticism, or whatever. It’s a bit like scribbled notes. But hey, maybe there’s something of value in this pile. I’m looking forward to learning from the valuable feedback.


A young lady knight from a society that most values happiness gets caught up in tragedy, insecurity, heartbreak, and a coup d’état with melancholy. – The Dagger in the Darkrise


A utopia kingdom will suffer the wrath of the woeful; only the one who rises in the darkness can save them.


An average girl raised in a happy utopia finds herself embracing the darkness within to battle oppressors who seek to destroy her people.


She will sacrifice her greatest treasures to become the hero that her people need.


It’s about a gallant young lady knight who protects her home, loved-ones, and the values of her people from chaotic and vulgar enemies who seek to destroy them.



Emotion journey:

She starts off displeased that she can’t figure out how to have a happy future. Her every goal or possible life path has a catch of misery. This completely consumes her because she lives in a utopia society that values happiness above all else. But then events happen which threaten the happy futures of others. Protecting them becomes what matters most to her. She embraces all the darkness within herself and uses it against the enemies. Inadvertently finding her path to a twisted sort of happiness, thus becoming the leader she was always meant to be.



Description with relationships:

She’s a daughter who will tragically lose her father. The grandfather of her best friend will be her mentor. Her best friend will try to become her boyfriend. Her stalker will become her ally. A cat will petrify her and her best friend. Her enemies will work to overthrow her. She will suffer with her sisters at the hands of their mother. Her childhood bully must work under her, even after she murders his trader father. Her father’s trusted friend will attack her as part of the plan to overthrow the rulers and change the kingdom’s values. A foreign enemy she previously hadn’t heard of will invade her homeland.



Not all who are happy smile, not all who are woeful frown, and only a few notice the difference.

Just because someone tells you that a choice will make you happiest, doesn’t mean that it will, for passion must be sought, not dictated.

Being a leader who survives a coup d’état means being able to change, to adapt to a forever altered world, and to help others to do the same.

Agreeing to pretend to want what society dictates you ought to desire isn’t the same as being happy.


In order to feel like she’s succeed, Alison must end up on a path she chose, and be happy enough with that choice to desire to remain on course.


The Dagger in the Darkrise is about a gallant young lady who questions her potential for future happiness (the greatest value of her people), rebels against what she’s told she should want, and ends up in a battle for the survival of herself, her loved-ones, her homeland, and the values her people hold dear; ultimately discovering that her own happiness comes when she embraces the turmoil and her inner darkness to defend others.



Her world, as it is, gives her three definitive options and demands she set her course for the one that will provide her the most happiness. She sees only the ways each potential choice will saddle her with more misery. In order to be a success, Alison must end up on a path she chooses, and be happy enough with that choice to desire to remain on course.



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  1. Interesting concept! I do love the sense of irony you’ve got going. Of the 5 bolded statements, the first three rung out to me the most, because I feel numbers 4 and 5 may be too generic/general for the story you’re describing. Of the 4 italicised statements, I love the first one: there’s a certain poetry and inbuilt wisdom to it that makes me think it could be easily used as a recurring motif. Also, given the arc core character journey, I think it dovetails the most neatly with the rest of your ideass.

    Just my 2 cents! Looking forward to this as a finished book, would definitely be interested in reading.
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    1. Thanks so much for your thoughts. That first italic one I considered having one of my characters say. Just sounds like his voice, to me.

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